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Old 21-12-2004, 13:49   #1
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Smile Introduction to FTP!

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is a standard application protocol that uses the Internet’s TCP/IP protocol to transfer files from one computer to another.

FTP is a very common process today. FTP is commonly used to transfer web pages from the creator’s computer to the server where the web site is situated. Also FTP is used to download programs and files to your computer from a server.

How do I use FTP?

To use FTP you will need to install FTP software on your computer. There are many freely available FTP programs on the Internet such as, FTP explorer (http://www.ftpx.com) and Smart FTP (http://www.smartftp.com).

How do I connect with FTP?

Follow the steps below to connect to a server, to upload files using FTP Explorer:

Open FTP Explorer.

Click on the connect button on the toolbar or select connect from the Tools menu.

In the Profile Name text, enter a name to give your FTP connection.

In the Host Address text box enter the address of the server you are connecting to (this can either be the DNS entry or the IP Address).

Enter the Port number that the server accepts FTP connections on (the default port for FTP is 21).

Tick the Use PASV option, if your computer is behind a firewall, which does not allow external FTP connections.

Tick the Use Firewall option if your computer is located behind a firewall.

Either enter a user name for the FTP login or tick the Anonymous option (the anonymous option will only work if the server is set up to allow anonymous FTP connections – if this is selected go to step 10).

Enter the user’s password in the Password text box.

In the Initial path text box, enter the path on the server, where you want your connection to start at – this is optional.

In the Attempts text box enter the number of times to try the FTP connection if fails, you will need to have at least 1 in this text box.

In the Download path you can specify the path on your computer where to save the files downloaded from the server – this is optional, you can specify this later if you like.

To establish the connection with the server click on the Connect button.

How do I upload files using FTP?

Once you have established your connection with the server the next step is to upload your files to the server. The following describes how to do this:

Go to the path on the server where you want to upload your files to.

In the Tools menu click on the Upload button.

Select the file or files that you want to upload (to select more than one file hold down the CTRL key).

NOTE: You can also upload files by dragging and dropping them to the directory/folder on the server.

Click on the Open button. Your file will now be uploaded to the server. (You will see this uploading process in the dialog box.)

How do I download files using FTP?

You can also use FTP to download files to your computer from a server. The following describes how to download a file.

Make sure you are connected to the server.

Go to the file that you want to download.

Right click on the file and select Download To..

Select the path on your computer where you want the file to be saved to.

The file will now be downloaded to your computer. (You will see this downloading process happening in the dialog box.)

How do I end my connection?

You can end the connection by simply clicking on the Disconnect button on the tool bar or by clicking on Disconnect from the Tools menu.
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Old 02-03-2005, 14:32   #2
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Hello,

I don't use fancy FTP programs as mentioned. I use command line method to upload and download files.
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Old 19-05-2005, 21:11   #3
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but i tink using FTP client is rather useful. Why else would they exist if its not for the better? would u tell ur clients to use command line too? (no offence though) n ur article priyanka, is good for those (individuals) who have yet to experience FTP. Can refer them here liow. lol.
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Old 19-05-2005, 23:41   #4
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Primitive doesn't mean basic.
Pampered by GUI, ppl nowaways start off with GUI first rather than command line.
:-) a pretty good intro for beginners.

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I don't use fancy FTP programs as mentioned. I use command line method to upload and download files.
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Old 24-05-2005, 12:31   #5
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Yes, we are from different era, you start off FTP using GUI, features rich FTP client. I start off (and now) still using FTP on Unix/Linux platform.

minus the drag and drop, you can specify various commands which not all GUI support, and furthermore it is easier for troubleshooting on FTP whether is it related to passive or active FTP or bandwidth issues.

learn the fundamentals if you want to find out more.
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Old 24-05-2005, 12:52   #6
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wow... linux geeks..

well, I start off from MSDOS, and infact I do prefer command lines as well, it is faster, but only given one condition, which is you must be familiar with it.
but compare to GUI, a novice can learn and use it fast (much much more faster).

furthermore... a novice probably don't even know what is active or passive FTP.. LOL, or to say, they dun really interested to know, just complaint "FTP doesn't work!!"

I think at the end of the day, we've to acknowledge that there's 2 different tracks. You can't expect your manager (not so technical, only know Windows) to use command lines stuff, and you can't ask a developer to use GUI/DragDrop to do his work while he can do it better with batch command lines.

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Yes, we are from different era, you start off FTP using GUI, features rich FTP client. I start off (and now) still using FTP on Unix/Linux platform.

minus the drag and drop, you can specify various commands which not all GUI support, and furthermore it is easier for troubleshooting on FTP whether is it related to passive or active FTP or bandwidth issues.

learn the fundamentals if you want to find out more.
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Old 26-05-2005, 11:08   #7
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a very helpful tutorial...i wish i had this guide when i first started! this would be mighty useful for newbies!!!!great job!
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Old 06-08-2005, 22:46   #8
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thanks for the tutorial priyanka
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Old 26-06-2007, 15:54   #9
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Thank you for your tutorial. It's useful. Now I can explain to my customers on what is a FTP. Once again, thank you.
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Old 03-09-2007, 07:14   #10
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Now I can explain to my customers on what is a FTP.
lol.
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Old 22-10-2007, 22:15   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by priyanka
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is a standard application protocol that uses the Internet’s TCP/IP protocol to transfer files from one computer to another.

FTP is a very common process today. FTP is commonly used to transfer web pages from the creator’s computer to the server where the web site is situated. Also FTP is used to download programs and files to your computer from a server.

How do I use FTP?

To use FTP you will need to install FTP software on your computer. There are many freely available FTP programs on the Internet such as, FTP explorer (http://www.ftpx.com) and Smart FTP (http://www.smartftp.com).

How do I connect with FTP?

Follow the steps below to connect to a server, to upload files using FTP Explorer:

Open FTP Explorer.

Click on the connect button on the toolbar or select connect from the Tools menu.

In the Profile Name text, enter a name to give your FTP connection.

In the Host Address text box enter the address of the server you are connecting to (this can either be the DNS entry or the IP Address).

Enter the Port number that the server accepts FTP connections on (the default port for FTP is 21).

Tick the Use PASV option, if your computer is behind a firewall, which does not allow external FTP connections.

Tick the Use Firewall option if your computer is located behind a firewall.

Either enter a user name for the FTP login or tick the Anonymous option (the anonymous option will only work if the server is set up to allow anonymous FTP connections – if this is selected go to step 10).

Enter the user’s password in the Password text box.

In the Initial path text box, enter the path on the server, where you want your connection to start at – this is optional.

In the Attempts text box enter the number of times to try the FTP connection if fails, you will need to have at least 1 in this text box.

In the Download path you can specify the path on your computer where to save the files downloaded from the server – this is optional, you can specify this later if you like.

To establish the connection with the server click on the Connect button.

How do I upload files using FTP?

Once you have established your connection with the server the next step is to upload your files to the server. The following describes how to do this:

Go to the path on the server where you want to upload your files to.

In the Tools menu click on the Upload button.

Select the file or files that you want to upload (to select more than one file hold down the CTRL key).

NOTE: You can also upload files by dragging and dropping them to the directory/folder on the server.

Click on the Open button. Your file will now be uploaded to the server. (You will see this uploading process in the dialog box.)

How do I download files using FTP?

You can also use FTP to download files to your computer from a server. The following describes how to download a file.

Make sure you are connected to the server.

Go to the file that you want to download.

Right click on the file and select Download To..

Select the path on your computer where you want the file to be saved to.

The file will now be downloaded to your computer. (You will see this downloading process happening in the dialog box.)

How do I end my connection?

You can end the connection by simply clicking on the Disconnect button on the tool bar or by clicking on Disconnect from the Tools menu.
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Old 31-12-2007, 19:21   #12
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I use Filezilla for my ftp needs...
Its open-source (free)
http://filezilla-project.org/
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Old 23-03-2008, 17:12   #13
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how would ftp rate to webservers where you too can download files but not upload.
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Old 25-03-2008, 14:08   #14
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Originally Posted by speedlight
Hello,

I don't use fancy FTP programs as mentioned. I use command line method to upload and download files.
So do I, but I won't go shooting down FTP programs and label them as fancy.

I think that FTP programs like FileZilla and the like are actually very useful for newbies and those who are not too familiar with command-line FTP
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Old 25-03-2008, 14:12   #15
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Yes, we are from different era, you start off FTP using GUI, features rich FTP client. I start off (and now) still using FTP on Unix/Linux platform.

minus the drag and drop, you can specify various commands which not all GUI support, and furthermore it is easier for troubleshooting on FTP whether is it related to passive or active FTP or bandwidth issues.

learn the fundamentals if you want to find out more.
there are always those from a different era. I was around when we were still using BBSes and connecting up with them with a Hayes 300baud modem. There was a time when I was even doing inputs on an old PDP-8!

I know the fundamentals, as do lots of others but showing that you do everything by command-line does little to impress newbies and the like. I learn new things everyday and so do newbies. help them, don't intimidate them
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there are always those from a different era. I was around when we were still using BBSes and connecting up with them with a Hayes 300baud modem. There was a time when I was even doing inputs on an old PDP-8!

I know the fundamentals, as do lots of others but showing that you do everything by command-line does little to impress newbies and the like. I learn new things everyday and so do newbies. help them, don't intimidate them
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